The spring shoulder season is a great time to take a holiday. If you’re planning on getting away in May, SIXT has put together some great travel locations to explore. Discover beautiful beaches, historic architecture, inspiring art, amazing food and more!
- Reasons to Travel in May: A distinctive, vibrant city packed with history and culture.
- Average Temperature in May: 17°C
Creative, vibrant and eclectic, Bristol should be on every traveller’s ‘Must See’ list. Filled with art galleries, vintage stores, quirky cafes and fantastic restaurants and bars, Bristol is one of the UK’s cultural hubs. An exciting city to visit at any time of the year, Bristol brings out its very best in May. The warmer weather makes discovering the city’s different areas an absolute pleasure. From picturesque, sophisticated suburbs like Clifton to hip quarters like Stokes Croft, Bristol has something for everyone.
Spring is the perfect time to ride along the many bicycle paths in and around Bristol, stroll along the Avon River or enjoy the ambience of Harbourside. One of England’s oldest ports, visitors can learn about the city’s rich shipbuilding history at I.K. Brunel’s SS Great Britain. During the school break, families can enjoy a range of kid-friendly activities run throughout the city. Fashionistas and foodies will love the abundance of quirky boutiques, cool cafes and the wide range of cuisines on offer.
The craft beer scene is exploding in Bristol and there are many talented local brewers. Well known for its nightlife, Bristol boasts some of the best bars, pubs and clubs in the UK. Art lovers will find a feast for their eyes around almost every corner. Bristol is packed with galleries and its streets feature fantastic graffiti and stencil artworks. As the birthplace of Banksy, Bristol has some of the artist’s most famous pieces on its walls. With everything from the hip to the historic, it’s hard to beat a holiday in Bristol!
- Reasons to Travel in May: Beautiful coastlines, long days, and gorgeous architecture.
- Average Temperature in May: 16°C
Situated in Skåne County at the end of the Öresund Bridge, Malmö is Sweden’s third-largest city. This beautiful coastal city has a mild climate and is well known for its relaxed, youthful vibe. Although the very heart of Malmö centres around its past, visitors will find a modern, stylish city that blends the old with the new perfectly. Sophisticated cafes, art galleries and restaurants sit next to historic half-timbered buildings along the cobbled streets of Lila Torg, the city square.
The imposing Malmö Castle is Scandinavia’s oldest Renaissance castle and now houses museums and galleries with exhibitions ranging from the historic to the contemporary. For enthusiasts of modern architecture, Malmö is famous for its ‘Turning Torso’, a unique neo-futuristic skyscraper and the tallest building in Scandinavia. Malmö is a wonderful city to explore with many gorgeous parks, such as Kungsparken and Pildamsparken.
With stunning white sand, fantastic views of Denmark and its own bathing facility (Ribersborg Kallbadhus), Ribersborg beach is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike and only a 20-minute walk from the middle of the city. May is one of the best months to visit Malmö. Spring flowers burst out throughout the parks and the days stretch on and on with an average of almost 16 hours of daylight! A short drive or train ride to Copenhagen and next to historic towns such as Lund and Landskrona, Malmö is also a great place to base yourself and explore the region.
- Reasons to Travel in May: A unique culture, amazing art, and unbelievable food.
- Average Temperature: 20°C
Located in Spain’s northern Basque region, Bilbao is truly a traveller’s delight. If you want a holiday destination that has world-class art galleries, a unique culture, gorgeous architecture and some of the world’s best food, then book yourself a stay in Bilbao. Once a bleak industrial backwater, Bilbao has transformed itself into a sleek, modern metropolis without losing its proud Basque heritage. You won’t find any tapas here!
In Bilbao, pintxos are the preferred bar snacks. Made using top quality local seafood, their quality is unmatched. To explore Basque cuisine, try a visit to the Mercado de la Ribera, the biggest covered market in Europe. The Basque culture is strong in Bilbao. Locals speak the Basque dialect, wear traditional berets called txapelas and there are always folk festivals and dances being held. Surrounded by mountains and sitting next to the coast, Bilbao offers a range of outdoor activities from hiking to surfing. Simply strolling the city is an adventure as every district has its own distinct personality, from the charming old-world elegance of the Casco Viejo (Old Town) to the vibrancy of fashionable Bilbao La Vieja.
Of course, the main attraction in Bilbao – apart from the food – is the world-famous Guggenheim Museum. Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim features revolving special exhibitions and works from the world’s best artists, including Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. Bilbao is truly a travel destination like no other.